Frank Lautenberg, the senior senator from my home state of New Jersey, passed away earlier today. At 89 he was the oldest serving member of the senate and the longest serving senator in New Jersey history.
Frank was a good man. I met him about five years ago on an Amtrak station in Newark. He and his aid were taking the train back to Washington and I was headed for an NSA meeting in Maryland.
He'll be missed.
Unfortunately Chris Christie gets to appoint his interim replacement. It should be interesting to see who Christie picks. Whoever it is will become the Republican front runner for running against Mayor Cory Booker in 2015.
Christie has a huge lead in the election for governor this year so this can only hurt him if he makes a bad choice.